Molesey Boat Club – Junior Head Coach

Founded in 1886, Molesey Boat Club (MBC) is one of the most successful rowing clubs in the UK, based on the river Thames in Surrey.

MBC operates a successful Junior Development Programme, aiming to attract and develop high potential young men and women to reach their full potential.

Our junior programme has produced impressive results in recent years. Recent athletes include Holly Dunford, who grew through the Junior Programme to become a Junior World Champion in 2017. She then stepped up to win Silver at the U23 World Championship medal in 2019. Last but not least, our 2018 Junior Olympians Michael Dalton and Theo Darlow have also come through Molesey’s junior programme, winning gold at the Junior World Championships in 2018.

Molesey is home to Olympic heroes such as Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash and Moe Sbihi. Further to that are our heroes, Rebecca Girling and Rebecca Edwards, who are current members of the GB senior squad aiming for Tokyo 2021.

MBC invests heavily in this, with a strong coaching team across our junior programme. The programme is supported by a vast fleet at the club, along with a state of the art rowing centre, finished in 2014, with 20 ergometers, ski erg, and a plethora of equipment for Olympic lifting.

MBC is now recruiting a Junior Head Coach to continue developing our pathway and build on the strong foundations and results the club has enjoyed in recent years. This position is part funded by British Rowing’s HPPs in Clubs’ initiative, funding for this comes from the National Lottery through Sport England. This may well suit an assistant coach in a junior program looking for their first Head Coach position.

There is the opportunity for an ambitious coach to grow and set up a junior pathway programme that would be unique within the UK, that is aligned to the whole club strategy and pathway.

The Role

This is a full-time role with time divided between coaching, managing the junior coaching team, planning and other duties around the club. Depending on the time of year, the hours each week will vary. Duties include:

  • Designing and delivering a Junior Development Programme for MBC junior rowers, in collaboration with the Head Coach of MBC.
  • To prioritise and be in charge of coaching junior athletes, particularly those with ambitions of representing Great Britain and trialling for the Great Britain Rowing Team.
  • To establish a recruitment strategy with the Head Coach, to attract juniors with the talent and potential to represent the Club.
  • Liaising closely with local schools and partners to ensure that Molesey BC is seen as a centre for sport in the local community, encouraging both participation and sporting success at the highest level.
  • Leads on the inclusion strategy for the Molesey BC Junior Programme.
  • Leading and managing the MBC junior coaching team, including the assistant junior coach, session coaches and volunteers.
  • Work with the assistant junior coach to provide Easter and summer learn to row courses.
  • Working alongside the Club committee to increase participation and get involved in fundraising and member activities.
  • To be an ambassador for MBC on and off the water.

About you

  • You have 4+ years’ experience coaching junior athletes/crews to National level, including but not restricted to GB junior trialists, National Schools, Henley Royal Regatta, or equivalent.
  • Experience in programming for juniors from beginner level right through to J18.
  • Experience coaching with a large and successful junior rowing programme.
  • Have a good understanding of safeguarding matters with up to date safeguarding qualifications etc, plus a good understanding of junior athletes development needs at all age levels.
  • You are constantly looking to evolve your own professional development.

Desirable skills

  • British Rowing Level 2 Coaching Qualification, or equivalent.
  • RYA Powerboat Handling Level 2 (desirable, but not essential)
  • ‘B + E’ test (Car plus Trailer), or ‘D1 + E’ (Minibus + Trailer) (or a willingness to gain this)
  • First Aid Qualified.

If you are interested in applying for the role please email the captain of MBC, Joel Cassells, at [email protected].

To apply, please send a two-page CV along with a cover letter explaining why you think you would be a good fit for the role.

The deadline for applications will be Friday 31st of July at 23:59. Please note that interviews may be held before this date.

Molesey Boat Club is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from male and female candidates. 

Application Dates: From Tuesday 21st July 2020 to Friday 31st July 2020

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